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Divers Sanctuary, Philippines


The Resort

The Resort

A short copy and paste from their own website:
WELCOME
Welcome to Bauan Divers Sanctuary, San Pablo Batangas, Philippines. The waters of Balayan Bay offer some of the best diving in South East Asia and the abundance of marine life together with the renowned hospitality of the Filipinos make this a perfect dive destination. The Philippines are known for possibly the richest dive experiences on the planet!

The Philippines has millions of hectares of barrier reefs, shoal and stalls surrounding the archipelago. Many coral reefs have not been fully explored and there are plenty secret dive sites which are closely guarded by the sea since the dawn of creation and await adventurous divers.

The abundance and variety of marine life from the whole Indo-Pacific region can be found in our waters and ranges from shells, marine vertebrates to mammals. To explore the underwater world, we recommend you stay at our Diving Resort or why not island hop on our ‘Live Aboards’ or one of our special dive boats. For the really serious diver we rent dive boats for private use.

The resort is ideal for those who feel the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and is located on a most beautiful picturesque hill, overlooking the crystal blue waters of Balayan Bay with a stunning view of Anilao, Sombrero and Ligpo Islands.

Divers Sanctuary nestles between stunning mountains ensuring a magical tranquility. Here you enter a world of spectacular nature, back-dropped by mountains sweeping with thick vegetation down into a paradise gently sloping to secluded coves of clear crystal water and discreet luxury! The warm sea and tropical climate combine to make for a truly memorable and fantastic holiday experience. We pride ourselves on the service from our staff which is first class and would be difficult to match.

I have to agree with what they write them self, its a real great ride to go there, the volcano is absolutely stunning, the fruit vendors sell really super nice and exotic fruits and the diving sanctuary whilst very simple is very pleasant to stay at.
Sure a place I wish to go back to many times!

5 minute boat ride

5 minute boat ride

Fruit Vendors on the way

Fruit Vendors on the way

Relaxing and enjoying the view

Relaxing and enjoying the view

Diving instructions

Diving instructions


Acuatico Resort Philippines


Acuatico Main Building

Acuatico Main Building

My wife booked us for one night into Acuatico Resort a bit south of Manila, about 3 hours drive, I saw images before and so was expecting quite something. however 10 minutes before arriving i realized the road had ended in only dirt, so i was getting well worried, however once the gate swung open all my worries disappeared. Acuatico is a great little gem with 3 different level pools plus a huge jaccuzi, great little condo’s with sea and pool view, although the family suite bedrooms are a bit tight they are well equipped.

Most enjoyable was the hospitality of the staff, it was clear they were not that experienced, however that wasn’t important as they were so friendly and helpfull.

Only – point if you ask me is the food, although they have a bar they have no snack items, when i asked for a snack i was given the sandwich menu……a sandwich to me is hardly a snack anywhere in the world.

Food was mainly Philippino with some western dishes thrown in which i did not try, the philipino food was great though.

The Pool with the Bar

The Pool with the Bar

View from the Bar

View from the Bar

Reflected Houses

Reflected Houses